NASA Tests All-Electric X-Plane Propulsion

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Advanced designs that will propel NASA’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, to flight recently underwent wind tunnel testing at Langley Research Center.

Positioned along the leading edge of X-57’s cruise-efficient wing, the electric motors and propellers will be utilized first during takeoff to provide lift and then on landing to unfold the propeller blades.